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  • UK GDP growth slower than expected as inflation bites

    04/28/2017 12:21:51 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | April 28, 2017 | Katie Allen
    The UK economy suffered a sharp slowdown in the opening months of this year, as the post-referendum rise in living costs took its toll on British households and hit consumer spending. GDP growth fell more than expected to 0.3% in the first quarter from 0.7% in the previous quarter, the Office for National Statistics said. The official figures add to signs that the UK economy’s resilience in the wake of the Brexit vote is now waning and will come as a blow to Theresa May’s government as it banks on a solid victory in the snap election on 8 June.
  • Whitehall terror alert suspect named as Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali

    04/28/2017 9:10:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    SKY News ^ | April 28, 2017
    A terror suspect arrested near the Houses of Parliament has been named as Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali. The 27-year-old is believed to be a British national who was born overseas and went to school in Tottenham, north London. He was known to police prior to his arrest, according to Sky sources. Police say the suspect was detained by armed officers just yards from Downing Street after a stop and search in an "intelligence-led" operation.
  • EU summit to assess Ireland's future in wake of Brexit

    04/28/2017 7:53:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2017 8:37 AM EDT | Lorne Cook
    European Union leaders meeting Saturday to approve the guidelines that will drive divorce negotiations with Britain will also assess wording which would allow a united Ireland — including Northern Ireland — to become part of the bloc at a potential future date. Two European officials said that the issue was likely to be added to the minutes of the summit, which will be held without British Prime Minister Theresa May. The officials asked not to be identified because the summit of 27 EU leaders still was being prepared. …
  • Merkel warns against British 'illusions' as Brexit negotiations begin

    04/27/2017 6:13:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 04.27.2017 | Jefferson Chase
    Ahead of a meeting of the 27 remaining European Union nations in Brussels on Saturday, Chancellor Angela Merkel briefed the German parliament, the Bundestag, about Germany’s strategy vis-à-vis Brexit. But at least in part, her message was aimed across the English Channel. The chancellor warned London not to expect a deal that would privilege the UK. “A third-party state cannot enjoy the same advantages or be better positioned than an EU member state,” Merkel said. “I have the feeling that some people in Britain maintain illusions in this regard. They’re wasting their time.” That line drew applause from members of...
  • Germany took in 160 times more Syrian refugees in 2016 than UK

    04/27/2017 4:07:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 April 2017 17:47 CEST+02:00 | Jörg Luyken
    Of the 406,000 Syrian refugees given protection in Europe in 2016, almost 300,000 were offered sanctuary in Germany, new figures show. The figures released by Eurostat on Wednesday display in clear terms how a few countries have shared the majority of the burden in taking in refugees from war-torn Syria. While Germany took in 295,000 of the 406,000 Syrians who were granted asylum in the EU during 2016, major economies such as France and and Great Britain failed to offer protection to more than a few thousand. The UK offered protection to 1,850 Syrians, 160 times less than Germany. Sweden...
  • Regrexit: Majority say Britain was wrong to vote to leave the EU

    04/27/2017 9:44:31 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 23 replies
    Yahoo News UK ^ | April 27, 2017 | Jane Howdle
    The tide could be turning against Brexit: for the first time since the referendum, more people have Britain was wrong to vote to leave the EU. In a poll by YouGov for the Times newspaper, 45% of respondents said Britain was wrong to vote to leave the EU. 43% said Britain was right to leave, while 12% answered ‘don’t know’.
  • RAF Typhoon pilots using the world's most advanced fighter helmet scramble for Romania ...

    04/24/2017 10:02:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 24 April 2017 | RICHARD SPILLETT
    Four RAF Typhoon pilots using the world's most advanced fighter helmet set off for Eastern Europe today as tensions with Russia mounted. Theresa May sanctioned the sending of British RAF resources to patrol the skies over the Black Sea alongside local jets to reassure Eastern European countries in the face of increased aggression from Vladimir Putin. The four Typhoons, from 3 (Fighter) Squadron will lead the deployment, which is part of the Nato southern air policing mission. Pilots are using the new £250,000 Striker II helmet, which boasts in-built digital night vision that identifies enemy targets by red and yellow...
  • Wyoming Becomes 45th U.S. State to Recognize the Armenian Genocide

    04/24/2017 5:23:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Armenian Weekly ^ | April 21, 2017
    In a letter dated April 21 and addressed to the Armenian National Committee of America Western Region (ANCA-WR), Wyoming Governor Matthew H. Mead has recognized the Armenian Genocide and praised the work of Armenian American grassroots. “The atrocities of both the Armenian and Jewish Holocausts were unimaginable,” reads Governor Mead’s letter, “but it is important for all to remember—history must not repeat itself.” ... “I congratulate the Governor for his courageous stance on this moral issue amid lavish anti-Armenian lobbying in Wyoming, which has included all-inclusive junkets to the dictatorship of Azerbaijan by legislators across our nation, who should know...
  • VIDEO: Corbyn Refuses to Answer Whether He’d Kill Islamic State Leader

    04/24/2017 6:11:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 24, 2017 | Liam Deacon
    Labour leader Jeremy Corby has refused to say if he would order the killing of the head of Islamic State, as well as hinting his party could scrap Britain’s nuclear deterrent. “I am not a defender or supporter of ISIS in any way”, Mr. Corby insisted on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show Sunday morning.
  • Britain's back in favor for corporate deals despite Brexit

    04/23/2017 7:18:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2017 7:02 PM EDT | Pan Pylas
    Britain has reclaimed its place as one of the top five countries that firms look to make deals in, just six months after dropping off the list in the wake of the country’s surprise to leave the European Union, according to a survey released Monday. In its half-yearly report of business executives, consulting firm EY said Britain has rebounded to be the third most attractive destination for mergers and acquisitions, behind the U.S. and China. Last October, in the wake of the Brexit vote, it had slumped to seventh and out of the top five for the first time in...
  • 4chan user leaked surprise U.K. election news hours before announcement

    04/23/2017 3:37:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Daily Dot ^ | 4/22/17 | Daily Gilmour
    When Downing Street issued a release to the media on Monday that the British Prime Minister Theresa May would be making an unexpected statement that morning, no one knew that she was planning a snap general election—except users of online forum 4chan, that is.At 7:37am GMT, hours before any official announcement, one anonymous user of the /pol/ board leaked that an election would be called for June. Screenshot via 4chan “Strap yourselves in lads,” the user continued in the thread, before refusing to disclose how they knew. Screenshot via 4chan As confused Twitter users and journalists were musing over what the...
  • First coal-free day in Britain since Industrial Revolution

    04/22/2017 12:55:17 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | April 22nd 2017 | anon
    Britain went a full day without using coal to generate electricity for the first time since the Industrial Revolution, the National Grid says. The energy provider said Friday's lack of coal usage was a "watershed" moment. Britain's longest continuous energy period without coal until now was 19 hours - first achieved last May, and again on Thursday. The government plans to phase out Britain's last plants by 2025 in order to cut carbon emissions. Friday is thought to be the first time the nation has not used coal to generate electricity since the world's first centralised public coal-fired generator opened...
  • British F-35B to Carry Meteor Missiles from 2024

    04/21/2017 9:07:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Defense Update ^ | April 21, 2017 | Tamir Eshel
    Meteor to be carried by the F-35 from 2024. Note the clipped tail fins required for internal carriage. Illustration: MBDA The United Kingdom is preparing its F-35 Lightning II to carry and operate the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) as its principal long-range air/air weapon. The UK MOD awarded today a £41 million contract to the missile developer MBDA for the integration of the missile on the new aircraft. The Meteor will provide the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy with one of the most advanced air/air missile of its class, that can engage with targets moving at...
  • Why Princess Anne is the best king we never had

    04/21/2017 8:01:50 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2010 | Geoffrey Levy
    Sometimes a woman's deepest thoughts are best left unsaid, but the Princess Royal has never regretted once describing herself as 'not everyone's idea of a fairytale princess'. It was a deliberate message and the moment she laid the ground rules for her life as a professional royal. But everyone knew what she was getting at all those years ago. In a celebrity-besotted world inhabited by pretty people endlessly proclaiming the message that physical beauty brings instant happiness, Anne was having to deal with being a real princess who is not blessed with chocolate-box prettiness.
  • Words to patriotic hymn I Vow To Thee My Country are ‘almost obscene’, says vicar

    04/21/2017 6:00:25 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 8, 2013 | Steve Doughty
    A leading Church of England vicar yesterday condemned the words of one of the country’s best-loved hymns as obscene, offensive and unfit to be sung by Christians. The Reverend Gordon Giles, one of the Anglicans’ leading authorities on hymns, declared that I Vow to Thee My Country should be rewritten if it is to be sung by modern congregations. His verdict was delivered in advance of the remembrance weekend when the hymn, which is especially valued by military families, will feature in thousands of services across the country and the Commonwealth.
  • Queen Elizabeth II marks her 91st birthday

    04/21/2017 5:47:21 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 21, 2017 | Carolyn Durand
    Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 91st birthday today. She is expected to spend the milestone at Windsor Castle. Clarence House released a photo this morning of the Queen and Prince Charles in 1952 to mark the occasion. Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born April 21, 1926, in Mayfair. She became presumptive heir to the throne 10 years later with the abdication of her uncle, King Edward VII. At 21, Queen Elizabeth married Prince Philip in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
  • UK retail sales post biggest quarterly fall since 2010

    04/21/2017 5:25:47 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    uk.reuters.com ^ | April 21, 2017 | Andy Bruce and Alistair Smout
    British retail sales posted their biggest quarterly fall in seven years in the first three months of 2017, as rising prices since last year's Brexit vote put more pressure on consumers, official data showed on Friday. The volume of goods sold in shops and online contracted by 1.4 percent in the three months to the end of March, after rising 0.8 percent in the last three months of 2016, the Office for National Statistics said. This was the biggest quarterly decline since early 2010, and reinforced most economists' view that household spending, the main driver of the economy, is now...
  • Police Drive Around In Rainbow Colored Cars To Protect Gay People

    04/21/2017 11:18:19 AM PDT · by kevcol · 56 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 21, 2017 | Amber Randall
    British police are now driving around in rainbow colored cars to fight hate crimes against the gay community, a Thursday police announcement said. Merseyside Police revealed the brightly colored car, dubbed the ‘Police with Pride’ car, at a ceremony Thursday, reports Heat Street. Police hope that the bright rainbow colors will remind people of the hate crimes gay people face and to report them.
  • Secret Nazi aerial photos showing the devastation delivered by Britain's famous WWII Dam Busters

    04/21/2017 4:24:46 AM PDT · by DFG · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 04/21/2017 | Katie French
    Photographs described by experts as 'extremely rare' which show the damage wreaked by the famous Dam Busters in World War II are to be auctioned next week. The aerial shots taken by German Intelligence depict the Möhne and Edersee Dams before the raid and after they were breached by the ingenious bouncing bomb, designed by Barnes Wallis, causing catastrophic flooding of the Ruhr valley. Operation Chastise, as the famous raid was officially known, was an attack on major dams in Germany's industrial heartland carried out on 16-17 May 1943 by the Royal Air Force's renowned 617 Squadron, based at Scampton,...
  • Nigel Farage To Decide Whether Or Not He Will Stand in General Election ‘Over Next Couple of Days’

    04/20/2017 9:28:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 4/18/17 | Jack Montgomery
    Brexit campaign leader Nigel Farage has said he will decide whether or not he will stand in Britain’s upcoming election over “the next couple of days” while speaking on his regular LBC radio show.The veteran MEP said that part of him wanted to throw himself into the campaign, but speculated that he might be better placed to scrutinise the Brexit negotiations from the European Parliament, which will play a large role in the proceedings.“I haven’t walked away [and] I haven’t gone away”, he assured listeners, pledging that he would continue to fight to see Brexit delivered whatever he decides.